Social Darwinism and the 1%
The 1% really does just win because they're "better".
Better at tricking the rest of us, more than anything.
They really don't have normal morals, but we assume they must, because they fake it, and people tend to assume other people think like them. Whatever is going on in the heads of these sociopaths would appear as a really alien landscape if we could really peak inside.
Check out this fascinating article:
Popularity is not viewed as
an indicator of liking by peers but rather is seen as a reputational
construct involving power and status in the group (Lease,
Kennedy, & Axelrod, 2002; Xie, Cairns, & Cairns, 1999). Conceptualized
in this manner, popularity has only recently become
the subject of significant empirical attention in the developmental
psychology literature. Investigators have concluded that popularity
is linked to a more mixed pattern of attributes than is social
acceptance (LaFontana & Cillessen, 1998). Research conducted
across age groups has shown that popularity is associated with
prosocial behaviors, on the one hand, and aggressive or dominating
behaviors, on the other hand (Butcher, 1986; Luthar & Mc-
Mahon, 1996; Parkhurst & Hopmeyer, 1998).
Those kids are probably more or less normal people (or maybe not?) but imagine a smart sociopath. They're going to fake it. And because they literally have no morals (unless one considers greed a virtue), they win. They will do literally ANYTHING to "win".
We moral dupes CAN outsmart them though. They don't actually have the highest IQs. The money 1%ers are just the smartest 1% among the sociopathic supgroup of humans.
So, all the 99% needs is to stop being so damn naive. It is absolutely safe to assume the financial 1% is almost never operating in good faith. And they really do hate us, because the sociopaths assume everyone else is a sociopath, too, but we're just losers at the game of life and faking this whole morality thing.
Orwell wasn't alive to see neoliberalism, but I like to think he'd be in here chatting with us if still alive. Maybe he'd note that doublethink is the result of the sociopath 1%'s view of "morality" (aka, greed is good, etc.) Hell, it even explains the bizarre behavior of the ECB. If human suffering is good, then sure, expanding the homeless population is a good way to grow the economy. (They really don't have the highest IQs, remember.) I really think this is what's up with the Pod People everywhere (poditicians, as I like to refer to them.)